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DMUtalks Presents: Professor Ernest Edmonds - Seeing Through Transparency

Hugh Aston Building
31/10/2017 (18:00-20:00)

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Seeing Through Transparency: lessons from practice-based research

Professor Ernest Edmonds

There is an increasing tendency to require professionals to be transparent about their decision making. This sounds good - but is it? In reality, is it part of the trend to devalue professionals? To dismiss experts?

“Transparency” is intended to enable us to understand and even judge the decisions and achievements of experts. It turns out that practice-based research calls transparency very much into question. It questions reductive approaches to understanding professional knowledge.

The talk will discuss practice-based research methodology and the need to consider expert opinion, as well as objective observable facts, as important evidence. The theoretical background about the nature of expertise and the importance of the lessons for research about professional practice will be reviewed. The talk will then discuss the broader implications, such as the miss-understandings that underpin much current ‘transparency-based’ and ‘measurement-based’ management. Examples will be taken from health care and from academic life.

Ernest Edmonds is Professor of Computational Art and Director of IOCT. He started at DMU (in its earlier manifestations) in 1967, leaving for Loughborough University in 1985, where he was Head of Computer Studies and Dean. Then, following a period at the University of Technology, Sydney, he has returned to DMU. Ernest is an artist who pioneered the field of computational art and contributed to both art and computing from the late 1960s to the present. He is internationally recognised and, in 2017, received the ACM SIGGRAPH Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Digital Art. Ernest’s skills range across disciplines: for example, his PhD was in logic and he won the 2017 SIGCHI Lifetime Achievement Award for the Practice of Computer Human Interaction. He is Chair of the Board of ISEA International and Editor in Chief of the Springer Cultural Computing book series. Earlier this year his exhibition, Constructs Colour Code, was shown in The Gallery, DMU.

The evening will begin with refreshments from 5:30pm, with the talk beginning at 6pm. A drinks reception and canapes will be available following the event.

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